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Gothic Cathedrals

“In the 13th and 14th centuries…when the Gothic style was the rage in most of Europe, especially north of the Alps, contemporary commentators considered Gothic buildings opus modernum (modern work) or opus francigenum (French work). They recognized that the great cathedrals towering over their towns displayed an exciting and new building and decoration style—and that style originated in France. Clergy and the lay public alike regarded their new cathedrals not as distortions of the classical style but as images of the City of God, the Heavenly Jerusalem, which they were privileged to build on earth.” —Fred S. Kleiner and Christin J. Mamiya, Gardner’s Art Through the Ages Volume 1, Twelfth Edition, p. 479.

Laon Cathedral (interior)

Notre Dame Paris Cathedral (interior)

Chartres Cathedral

Amiens Cathedral

(Source: post-impressionisms)